Hyman Minsky Quotes

Who is Hyman Minsky?

Hyman Philip Minsky was an American economist and professor at Washington University.

Born September 23, 1919
Died October 24, 1996

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Best 6 Quotes by Hyman Minsky

“If the authorities constrain banks and are aware of the activities of fringe banks and other financial institutions, they are in a better position to attenuate the disruptive expansionary tendencies of our economy.”

“In a world of businessmen and financial intermediaries who aggressively seek profit, innovators will always outpace regulators; the authorities cannot prevent changes in the structure of portfolios from occurring. What they can do is keep the asset-equity ratio of banks within bounds by setting equity-absorption ratios for various types of assets. If the authorities constrain banks and are aware of the activities of fringe banks and other financial institutions, they are in a better position to attenuate the disruptive expansionary tendencies of our economy.”

“Stability leads to instability. The more stable things become and the longer things are stable, the more unstable they will be when the crisis hits.”

“Unless we understand what it is that leads to economic and financial instability, we cannot prescribe – make policy – to modify or eliminate it. Identifying a phenomenon is not enough; we need a theory that makes instability a normal result in our economy and gives us handles to control it.”

Stabilizing an Unstable Economy Quotes

“A capitalist economy cannot be maintained, however, if it oscillates between threats of an imminent collapse of asset values and employment and threats of accelerating inflation and rampant speculation, especially if the threats are sometimes realized. If the market mechanism is to function well, we must arrange to constrain the uncertainty due to business cycles so that the expectations that guide investment can reflect a vision of tranquil progress.”

Stabilizing an Unstable Economy

“Success breeds a disregard of the possibility of failure.”

Stabilizing an Unstable Economy

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